Vacuum leader Dyson sets sights on hand dryer market: I have a Dyson vacuum, and it’s been one of the most amazing gadgets I own. The first time someone sees one of these hand dryers in the States, comment here. I will drive a fair distance to use it once.
The device, which kicks on when folks place their hands in it, dries hands in about six seconds. It pushes unheated air at great force — roughly 400 mph — through a gap the width of an eyelash that runs the length of the dryer. A special filter sanitizes the air.
The device works much like the compressed-air dryer at a carwash. The water isn’t evaporated by hot air, but rather is pushed away by compressed air moving at great speed. As a result, the Airblade uses roughly one-fourth the energy of conventional hand dryers.